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I asked my niece Gracie to paint me a picture a few years ago with the title Harmony. This picture now sits above my bed and reminds me that life is ever changing. The picture portrays all four seasons.

It starts with the spring. The leaves are budding out as the chlorophyll begins to enter the end of the branches of the trees.  This is the point when God is restoring what the winter has taken away. To me, this symbolizes when God is restoring my marriage, my body, or maybe just coming out of a low time of my life.

The second season on her beautiful painting is summer when the chlorophyll reaches its highest point. For the mature tree, it means the leaves are greener than ever. This symbolizes to me the high points in life. When thing are going great and nothing can bring you down. Most people love this season.

Then she painted fall. A great display of color as the leaves begin to change and then wither away. The wind blows and takes what was once great and makes it something average. This to me, is when I begin to let the ways and the thoughts of the past in again. God goes from first on my list to a measly third or fourth. Hope begins to fade.

Her continuation ends with winter. There is snow on the branches of the tree; everything looks dead and irreversible. This symbolizes to me the lowest part of life. When nothing seems to be going right. Hope seems to be lost and it seems that God is nowhere to be found.

The Lord promises us in Psalms 33:18-19 that he will sustain us as He does all of His creation. Harmony is when we stay in His presence no matter what season we are in. The seasons come and they go. We are sure to see each season many more times in our life. Sometimes they last longer that they have to, but Gracie really nailed it when she used the four seasons to portray harmony.

Behold, the Lord's eye is upon those who fear him {who revere am worship him with awe}, who wait for him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness, to deliver them from death and keep them from famine. Psalms 33:18-19


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